flummox

flummox
flummox VERB informal perplex; bewilder.
ORIGIN probably dialect.

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  • flummox — [flum′əks] vt. [< ?] [Old Slang] to confuse; perplex …   English World dictionary

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  • flummox — transitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1837 confuse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flummox — /flum euhks/, v.t. Informal. to bewilder; confound; confuse. [1830 40; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • flummox — verb To confuse; to fluster; to flabbergast …   Wiktionary

  • flummox — Synonyms and related words: abash, addle, addle the wits, baffle, balk, ball up, becloud, bedazzle, befuddle, bewilder, blast, bomb, bother, brave, bug, challenge, checkmate, circumvent, cloud, confound, confront, confuse, contravene, counter,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • flummox — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb Informal. To make incapable of finding something to think, do, or say: confound, nonplus. Informal: stick, stump, throw. Slang: beat. Idiom: put someone at a loss. See AFFECT, KNOWLEDGE …   English dictionary for students

  • flummox — [[t]flʌ̱məks[/t]] flummoxes, flummoxing, flummoxed VERB: usu passive If someone is flummoxed by something, they are confused by it and do not know what to do or say. [be V ed] The two leaders were flummoxed by the suggestion. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

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